Here’s one more reason for us to wish we lived in California: Seed and Salt, a restaurant and catering company based in San Francisco that seems to be doing clean, organic, GMO-free food just right. One look at their website’s stunning photography of their fresh, creative, mouthwatering concoctions and you’ll be ready to book a flight out west to experience those flavors in real life!
Luckily, Seed and Salt’s co-founder, Mo Clancy, is a good friend of Tata’s, so we did the next best thing: begged Mo to share one of her healthy recipes with us, and she happily obliged. Below, Mo shares the story of healthy revelation behind her new food business – read on to find a beautifying, skin-friendly smoothie recipe.
1: Tell us about your “aha” moment when you realized that you wanted to create your culinary business, Seed and Salt!
The first thing you should know is that having a restaurant was never a dream of mine. However, about 6 years ago I decided to drastically change my diet due to health issues. I spent a summer in New York and had a bunch of options for eating.
When I got back to San Francisco, I was standing at the salad bar at Whole Foods for the upteenth time (which was incredibly frustrating) and I thought Why isnt there are restaurant that allows me to eat organic, clean foods (no animal products, gluten, cane sugar) without sacrificing taste or convenience?? Why do I need to suffer to feel good?
I started thinking about if I were to create a place I would love, what would it look, feel and taste like. I wasn’t sure exactly what it would be but I was sure I hadn’t been there before. San Francisco, being the health mecca that it is, really didn’t have good choices. LA had some great options but nowhere I would want to eat everyday. Even in my NY experience, I hadn’t found my ideal.
I started traveling around the country trying different things, figuring out what I liked and what I didn’t. We spent two years developing the recipes so they tasted just as good if not better than options that weren’t clean. But the basic idea came from my own need to find something better. And then I found out is that there are a lot of people like me.
2: To you, what is the relationship between food and beauty?
I feel like the connection between food and beauty is just about as fundamental as the relationship between oxygen and life. What you eat affects you on both a micro and macro level. Food has a direct impact on your body but then it also has an even bigger affect on how you feel about yourself as a whole. When I eat clean it just shows.
3: What’s one nutrition rule we should all be following?
I hate to say it but no cane sugar. I stopped eating cane sugar many years ago and my health improved. But my skin also improved. I always tell people to take a photo and then stop cane sugar for just five days. (Make sure you check your food labels you will be surprised at all of the things that contain cane sugar. And if it just says sugar, it is probably cane sugar!) After those five days, take another photo and you will see a difference in your skin, your eyes and your appearance.
Many people ask me how I have continued to look so young. I always say good skincare and no sugar. These days there are many alternatives to sugar, such as the things we use in our foods at Seed + Salt, such as palm sugar, lucuma, stevia, maple sugar, dates, etc. Yes, these are still sugars but your body processes them in a different way and ultimately, have a different impact on how you feel.
4: What was your favorite meal of 2014, and what new things are you looking forward to trying in 2015?
Actually, my favorite meal was one my chef, Ariel Nadelberg, created for my friends book club party. It was Kale Caesar Salad (with cashew nut dressing and gluten free croutons), butternut squash soup with toasted pepitos, zucchini pasta with beet balls and tomato sauce, gf garlic bread and our famous S+S chocolate chip cookies.
I typically like simple, clean foods that taste good but also make me feel good.
I am looking forward to trying 2 spots that some friends are opening. One is Citizen Fox (by the amazing Deborah Blum of Berretta, Starbelly, Hapa Ramen, Locanda is involved). It features vegan fare and artisanal brews in a fine dining environment (suppose to open in May). The other is Perennial, which is being opened by the nicest couple, Chris Ying and Karen Leibowitz of Mission Chinese and Commonwealth. It will be a mega sustainable restaurant they are even creating their own aquaponics urban farm.
5: And last… tell us about this recipe you’re sharing today. Where did the idea come from? What about the ingredients are skin-friendly?
When Ariel and I were developing ideas and recipes, I told her about a milkshake I loved as a kid. I said to her that it would be a dream to have a delicious milkshake that was actually good for me, something I could actually drink as a meal replacement when I just wanted something lighter. She played around for a long time and then one day she presented me with the most delicious vanilla milkshake.
The milkshake has fresh coconut meat, which is a healthy fat similar to avocado, which is amazing for your skin. Coconut meat is a known antioxidant that can reduce the severity of bacterial and inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. Maca has also been shown to clear skin in cases where the cause is an hormone imbalance. But the real power comes from the flaxseeds, shown to reduce inflammation with its high omega 3 content. These super seeds improve the speed of the skins healing, minimize skin irritation and tissue inflammation. Redness may be minimized and skin rashes may be reduced. Chronic conditions such as rosacea, acne, dermatitis and psoriasis may be lessened. The essential fatty acids found in flaxseeds help keep skin hydrated and smooth in appearance. Flaxseeds also increase your body’s natural oil production – the fatty acids are essential to keeping skin soft.
Super Alpha Mega Vanilla Shake
Recipe by Chef Ariel Nadelberg
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup coconut meat
- 1 banana
- 2-3 dates
- 1/4 cup vanilla bean
- 1/2 tablespoon Lucuma
- 1/2 tablespoon Mesquite
- 1 tablespoon Flaxseed
- 1 Tablespoon Hemp Protein
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup scoop of ice
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth!
Beautiful! Thanks, Mo. Hey, Californians – be sure to follow Seed and Salt on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date as they get into their groove and grow into their roots in San Fran. We can’t wait to come out West to visit – in the mean time, stay tuned as Mo shares some more expert healthy recipes on the Blog in the coming months!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.